Low Carbohydrate Diet


Over the years, the media has begun to promote low carbohydrate diets in an increased manner. These diets are also known as Glycemic diets. Even though a number of diets exists and are different from each other, they are similar in a number of ways. For example- all are based on the basic principle that white food must be eliminated from the dieter’s diet plan. These include sugars, white rice and white flour. Another similarity is that all of them encourage dieters to consume whole foods instead of those that have been processed. The balance of a number of food products that are rich in nutrients is also a must. One must keep in mind that while low carbohydrate diets do reduce the intake of carbs, they do not eliminate them totally. Vegetables and fruits are considered to be essential along with the consumption of small portions of food products that rich in protein. 

Advantages of Low Carbohydrate Diet


1. A low carbohydrate diet offers the benefit of bringing down the levels of high cholesterol as well as that of triglyceride.


2. It also increases the levels of HDL- that is, the kind of cholesterol that is good for the body.



3. Low carbohydrate diets reduce the glucose levels present in the blood stream.


4. Low carbohydrate diets reduce the high levels of insulin in the hemoglobin.


5. Low carbohydrate diets also lower high blood pressure.


6. Low carbohydrate diets are an excellent way to improve and reduce the levels of glucose in the blood stream without resorting to medication.


Prior Medical Consultation Required


However, as is true for every diet plan, the low carbohydrate diet must also be embarked upon only after consulting a doctor or a professional. The low carbohydrate diet must especially be supervised by a doctor if one has health problems. The proof that the low carbohydrate diet works is widespread.


Diet Plans Supporting Low Carbohydrate Diet


The Atkins Diet


This low carbohydrate diet plan is thought to one of the first diet plans that incorporate a reduced consumption of carbohydrates. It was first discovered in the early 1970s. It advocates the consumption of those food products that are rich in nutrients and support the belief that whole foods are most nutritional than processed foods. Supplements that provide the same benefits are also encouraged.

Protein Power



This low carbohydrate diet was first discovered in the mid 90’s and advocates the restriction of those carbohydrates that are refined in nature. The reason being that these carbs are absorbed by the body in the same way as sugar products are absorbed. Therefore, they lead to an imbalance in the level of blood sugar. This can lead to a number of problems such as diabetes, obesity as well as high blood pressure.


Sugar Busters


This low carbohydrate diet plan was also discovered in the mid 90’s. It advocates the belief that if you create a balance between sugar levels, you will not only lose weight but also lead a healthier life. This can be achieved by increasing the consumption of vegetables that are high in fiber, unsaturated fats and also lean meats.

The Zone


This low carbohydrate diet plan came into the spotlight in the mid 90s. This plan advocated a strict framework within which one must consume about 40% carbs, 30 percent fat and 30 percent protein. 

Insulin Resistance Diet



This low carbohydrate diet plan was first discovered in the first year of the millennium. It is based on the fact that complex carbohydrates are tempting to consume and are addictive. Therefore, they lead to the production of excess insulin in the body. This low carbohydrate plan allows you to bring down the level of high insulin and also results in weight loss.





A number of books are available that present details and explanations of low carbohydrate diets. One can find these books online and at any local book store.




Low carbohydrate diets all support the belief that fresh fruits and vegetables are essential and must be included in a regular diet plan. Contrary to popular belief, they are not based on the consumption of high fat and do not endorse the consumption of only meat.

Top Comments

I have a naturally high maebtolism, so I have always eaten junk and not cared. However now I am almost an adult, and I realize that I cannot continue to eat this way without becoming a diabetic or get a heart attack or something terrible. I am 126 pounds and 5'6, so weight is not a problem. It's just my eating habits. Also, I'm skinny, but I'm not fit. So I'm looking for an exercise and eating program that would help me eat right, because I need structure, otherwise I will just buy junk and eat it. Seriously, I need help! This is an example of my daily intake of food (please be warned, it is grossly unhealthy):- breakfast: don't eat it. i don't get hungry til after 9 at sometime, and i'm not a fan of breakfast foods.- snack: at school i get hungry, so i will eat the granola bar from my lunch, and often buy a bag of chips from the vending machine. i also drink 2 juice boxes.- lunch: my mom typically packs me gross sandwiches, so i will buy another bag of chips, or not eat.- after school: i'm starving. i often buy a large bag (like full size, typically people only buy for groups) of chips to snack on throughout the rest of the night. i will finish this before i go to sleep. i also get a litre of coke to drink, i finish by bedtime also.- supper: subway sandwich, mcdonalds, a w, wendy's. something convenient. if i go to subway i get a 6 inch sandwich and chips with pop, if i go for fast food i usually get a burger and fries and pop. a w i get poutine and a root beer float.- night time: finish off chips and pop. Seriously. I need help.
by Mada     29-May-2012

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